Wood Betony Stachys officinalis

Stachys officinalis
Wood betony flowering
Common Names
Wood Betony
Botanical Name
Stachys officinalis
Syn. Betonica officinalis

Medicinal Uses & Benefits of Wood Betony

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How to Use: Wood Betony

Though this nearly forgotten mint has become increasingly rare modern herbal medicine, wood betony was once considered almost a panacea by the elder herbalists.

Little modern research has been done to either prove or disprove the medicinal values attributed to betony, which means less about its potential as a medicinal plant than it does its lack of potential as a money maker. Betony was once used to treat chest and lung problems, worms, fever, gout, uterine bleeding, dizziness, and many other afflictions, including protection against witchcraft

Preparation Methods & Dosage :Herbal tea: The dried herb may also be smoked to relieve headache, and is a component of British Herb Tobacco.

Wood Betony Remedies

Wood Betony Side Effects: There are no known adverse effects from use of wood betony other than occasional mild nausea. Not for use in pregnancy, as it is a mild uterine stimulant

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Plant Description

Native to Europe, wood betony is now planted in many parts of the world with temperate climates.
Grieve writes -It is a pretty woodland plant, met with frequently throughout England, but by no means common in Scotland. Though generally growing in woods and copses, it is occasionally to be found in more open situations, and amongst the tangled growths on heaths and moors.

How to Grow Wood Betony

Betony grows easily from seed, root divisions or cuttings, and has no special soil requirements. A herbaceous perennial that grows wild in woodland meadows, the plant will thrive in full sun to partial shade. For tea, harvest the aerial parts (leaves, stems and buds) just before the plant flowers.

Related Species Pedicularis canadensis A native American plant also known as wood betony is a figwort relative, unrelated to betony which is in the mint plant family.